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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Manchester United "have something big going on"

Published 30/07/2016

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is eagerly anticipating the possible arrival of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba (pictured)
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is eagerly anticipating the possible arrival of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba (pictured)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes "something big" is happening at Manchester United and feels it will become even more interesting if they sign Paul Pogba.

The Red Devils have been chasing the signature of their former academy graduate for some time but negotiations with Juventus over a potentially record-breaking deal are taking their time.

However, Ibrahimovic, who moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer after leaving Paris St Germain, is already looking forward to the arrival of the France international.

"We have something big going on," he told Swedish television station Kanal 5 after United's 5-2 friendly victory over Galatasaray in Gothenburg, in which Ibrahimovic scored after just 195 seconds on his first appearance for the club.

"It looks very interesting. Let's see if Pogba will also (come), then it will be even more interesting."

The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Adnan Januzaj were not included in the travelling party to Sweden and are set to be the first casualties of manager Jose Mourinho's clear-out.

Of the players who did travel, Mourinho gave most of them a chance to impress with the Portuguese making 11 changes in the second half against Galatasaray.

Asked if the players who came on showed they want to be in his plans, Mourinho told MUTV: "If they were not in my plans I would not give them one single minute, I would not keep them in my squad.

"The squad is very competitive, the squad is very important for the season.

"We have 38 matches in the Premier League, we have the possibility of 15 matches in the Europa League, plus domestic cups, we are going to play 60 matches. So with 60 matches we cannot do it with 11 players.

"So to be in the squad you have to understand that the squad is more important than the individual, the club is more important than all of us, and to be in the squad you have to be ready for this, to play, not to play, play a lot, play less, play 90 minutes, play one minute, not be selected, everything is part of a squad life."

Mourinho admits his players are behind schedule in their preparations after their friendly against Manchester City in Beijing was called off because of an unfit pitch.

"We lost a week in China and some of the boys that played today had trained two days," he added.

"There's not a lot of time to work, to change, to make a couple of new ideas and new principles of play, everything is step by step and the reality is we don't have this time.

"We have a game against Leicester next week (Community Shield) and we have the Premier League in a couple of weeks.

"We need time and we don't have time, the only solution is to train hard and train hard against opposition like today."

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